Lauren H. Cohen

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Lauren Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Finance area and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School, an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Prior to joining HBS, Professor Cohen was an Assistant Professor of Finance at Yale University, in the School of Management, where he was on faculty from 2005-2007.

Professor Cohen’s research focuses on empirical asset pricing, behavioral finance, and portfolio choice.  He has investigated the effect of limited attention on price evolution and studied the information in shorting for future returns. His recent work examines the role of social networks in information transmission in equity markets and government. His research has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.  It has also been covered in media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Economist, Business Week, Fortune, and Forbes.  He has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his research agenda on Relationships in Finance.

Professor Cohen received a Ph.D. in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2005.  He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania - a B.S.E. from the Wharton School and a B.A. in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001.  He serves on the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.

  1. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for 2009-2014.

  2. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2007 Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Prize for the Best Paper in the Journal of Finance for his paper with Karl Diether and Christopher Malloy, “Supply and Demand Shifts in the Shorting Market” (October 2007).

  3. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2008 Smith Breeden Prize for a distinguished paper in the Journal of Finance for his paper with Andrea Frazzini, “Economic Links and Predictable Returns” (Journal of Finance, August 2008).

  4. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2010 Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Honor for the Best Paper in the Journal of Finance for his paper with Christopher Malloy and Andrea Frazzini, “Sell-Side School Ties” (August 2010).

  5. Lauren H. Cohen: Presented testimony on the “Impacts of Government Spending” to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives, Sept 29, 2010.

  6. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2007 Society of Quantitative Analysts Award for Best Paper in Quantitative Investments from the Western Finance Association for the paper with Breno Schmidt, “Attracting Flows by Attracting Big Clients” (Journal of Finance, October 2009).

  7. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2006 Barclays Global Investors Best Paper Prize, Asset Allocation Symposium, European Finance Association, for the paper with Breno Schmidt, “Attracting Flows by Attracting Big Clients” (Journal of Finance, October 2009).

  8. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2007 Barclays Global Investors Best Paper Prize, Asset Allocation Symposium, European Finance Association, for the paper with Andrea Frazzini and Christopher Malloy, “The Small World of Investing: Board Connections and Mutual Fund Returns” (Journal of Political Economy, October 2008).

  9. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of the 2010 Best Paper Prize from the Center for Research in Security Prices Forum for "Complicated Firms" (with Dong Lou, Journal of Financial Economics, May 2012).

  10. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2011 Richard A. Crowell Memorial Award, First Prize, from PanAgora Asset Management’s Quantitative Research Institute for the best paper in the field of quantitative investment for his paper with Dong Lou, “Complicated Firms” (Journal of Financial Economics, May 2012).

  11. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of the 2010 First Prize in the Istanbul Stock Exchange 25th Anniversary Best Paper Competition for "Complicated Firms" (with Dong Lou, Journal of Financial Economics, May 2012).

  12. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2006 First Prize in the Chicago Quantitative Alliance Academic Paper Competition for the paper (with Andrea Frazzini) "Economic Links and Predictable Returns" (Journal of Finance, August 2008).

  13. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2010 First Prize Chicago Quantitative Alliance Academic Paper Competition with Christopher Malloy for their paper with Lukasz Pomorski, "Decoding Inside Information" (NBER Working Paper Series, No. 16454, October 2010).

  14. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE) Grant in 2009 for "Decoding Inside Information" (NBER Working Paper Series, No. 16454, October 2010) with Christopher Malloy and Lukasz Pomorski.

  15. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE) Grant in 2010 for "Complicated Firms" (with Dong Lou, Journal of Financial Economics, May 2012).

  16. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of Paul Woolley Centre Academic Grant in 2010 for "Complicated Firms" (with Dong Lou, Journal of Financial Economics, May 2012).

  17. Lauren H. Cohen: Won the 2006 BSI Gamma Foundation Grant, Firm Characteristics and Investment Management for the paper (with Andrea Frazzini) "Economic Links and Predictable Returns" (Journal of Finance, August 2008).

  18. Lauren H. Cohen: Won a 2006 Whitebox Grant for Research in the Behavioral Sciences.

  19. Lauren H. Cohen: Received a 2009 Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Award for his paper with Andrea Frazzini, “Economic Links and Predictable Returns” (Journal of Finance, August 2008).

  20. Lauren H. Cohen: Winner of a Simon Kuznets Fellowship, Outstanding Undergraduate in Economics, Penn Institute for Economic Research, 2000.